Vale of Lune head coach Fergus Owens believes Saturday’s trip to Penrith will be just the start of a tough month for his side.
The Powderhouse Lane outfit picked up their win of the season at the weekend, 29-20 at home to Bolton.
It was a victory that kept up Vale’s record of picking up a bonus point in all their five games so far. They also moved up to third in North One West but Owens believes it won’t be until the end of October that the league table really starts to take shape. He said: “Penrith are traditionally a really strong side.
“We used to play them in pre-season for a tough test in the build-up to a new year.
“It’s the start of a tough month because after Penrith we’ve got Kendal away a couple of weeks later.
“We’re up there in the table because of our bonus points but I think we’ll have a better idea of where we are at the end of the month.”
Despite triumphing over Bolton on Saturday, Owens said his players were highly-critical of their own performance post-match.
He said: “It was disappointing in a way because the players weren’t pleased with how they performed.
“But it was a win and another bonus point because we scored four tries again.
“I suppose it’s good sign that the players were disappointed because they’re striving to be better.”